'"Clarke is a real good pick for Buffalo," Carriere said. "He's got a real good offensive instinct to him and he hates to give anything away, defensively. He takes a lot of pride in that."'
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'"I think overall we would say we did a very good job," said Don Luce, Sabres director of player personnel. "We got the things we were looking for. We accomplished what we wanted to do."'
University of Minnesota forward Thomas Vanek, a three-year veteran of the United States Hockey League with Sioux Falls, was selected fifth overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the opening round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft this afternoon.
'He will meet with the Sabres' front office in the coming weeks to determine when he will turn professional, although the allure of more playing time and a shot at an NCAA three-peat with Minnesota is strong.'
'Although just 19 years old, the 6-foot-2, 208-pound Vanek was described by hockey analysts on ESPN2 as the best pure goal-scorer in the draft and one of few guys in the top five picks who is ready to play in the NHL next year.'
'Beginning with Jan Hejda, taken 106th overall, the Sabres concluded the draft by selecting five defensemen with their final seven picks.'
'"I won a championship there already and hopefully there is more to come," Vanek said. "I'm happy to be in Buffalo."'
'"I'll have to sit down with the organization and the coaches in Minnesota and make the best decision for me. We have to decide if the minor leagues or college hockey is better for me."'
'Scouts say Vanek can look disinterested for half the game and then just take it over with his skill. Where have we seen that before? Can anybody say Gil Perreault?'
'The Sabres rounded out the day by selecting Slovakian forward Branislav Fabry with the 65th pick and center Clarke MacArthur, who played for Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League last year, at 74th.'